Being the world's second largest country with a population little over half that of the UK, it should come as no surprise that Canada does Wilderness better than most, and some of our favourite wilderness hideaways lie within an hour or two's travel of Vancouver city, along the coast of British Columbia.

British Columbia is home to the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world - the Great Bear Rainforest - which stretches over 250 miles along the state's central and northern coast. The rainforest takes its name from its famous inhabitants, including the Spirit Bear (Kermode Bear), a sub species of the black bear who reside only in this very rainforest tract. The Great Bear Rainforest is also prime grizzly spotting territory, making this region a must on the bucket list of any wildlife enthusiast.

Off shore, the waters teem with life from whales and dolphins to sea otters and sea lions and so water based exploration features highly on the activity list of many wilderness lodges. Paddle boarding with dolphins, anyone?

The more remote lodges can only be accessed by a light aircraft or float plane journey, so while it requires a little more travel effort, guests are rewarded with accommodation in the heart of pristine wilderness, incredible wildlife encounters and the most amazing senses of stillness - no chance of noise or light pollution here.

For those that prefer to stick a little closer to civilization, lodges along the Sunshine Coast can be accessed by road and ferry but still focus very much on the great outdoors, with fishing, hiking, biking and kayaking all on offer.

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Grizzly Bear
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Watch Grizzly Bears Feed

Harness your inner Attenborough as you get up close to the amazing Canadian wildlife on Sonora Island. Embark on a grizzly bear tour and see these fabulous furry creatures that love this area due to the bounty of salmon that thrive in the calm river passages. As well as bears, it is also common to spot eagles souring over the retreat, so keep your cameras at the ready.

Helihiking in British Columbia
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Embark On A Helicopter Adventure

The best way to take in the breathtaking views over British Columbia's coast is from a helicopter. Learn about the regions geography and sites from an expert pilot who will take you on an adventure over waterfalls, glaciers and snow-topped peaks. Continue to explore this magnificent countryside on foot, and hit the rivers for thrilling kayaking and rafting excursions.

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Go Salmon Fishing

For the ultimate way to relax, unwind, and even catch some dinner, embark on a guided salmon fishing trip. Guides will teach you all you need to know if you're a first timer and will provide everything you need for a successful fishing experience. After watching the sun set over the snowy mountain tops, wave goodbye to the grizzly bears and head back to your hotel, vacuum-packed salmon in hand.

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A Note on Price

All of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like when in the year you will be travelling, how far in advance you book and the level of accommodation you choose. The guide prices shown across this website are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip.